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Director: Ralph Steiner
Stars: Elia Kazan
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Irving Lerner
Ralph Steiner
Molly Day Thatcher
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At a skid row mission, a cleric opines as men wait to eat. After his sermon, he brings out a pie and cuts it into small slices. The two men at the end of the line get none. They leave the mission and head for a garbage dump where junk becomes props for their play. A dress form becomes Mae West; a rusted car gives them a wild ride. Then, one dresses as a priest and promises pie in the sky. By the end, they sport metal halos. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Depression Era Socialist Curio
19 October 2001 | by (NY) – See all my reviews

Produced, directed and starring members of the left-wing Public Theater, this depression-era indie short film is notable for being Elia Kazan's first film appearance- and in front of the camera, at that. When a group of men are turned down in a breadline, they head to the local dump, where they make an imaginary meal out of auto parts, including the titular pie. The cast impersonates politicians, big business men and religious leaders who are living comfortably while the masses go hungry in the streets. The silent film ends with a satirical sing-a-long, sarcastically reminding the audience that, although starving at the moment "we'll all have Pie In The Sky when we die"


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